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Picture Polk History - A Photography Contest

Sponsored by the Polk County History Center

‘Picture Polk History’ features the History and Heritage sites on the Polk County Heritage Trail.  Explore Polk County’s ‘sense of place’ by capturing distinctive images of our unique, historic buildings, places and events.* Open to amateur photographers only.

 

Share a picture that tells the story of your town! Photography entries will be on display at the Polk County History Center May 22th. Images of excellent artistic and historic quality will remain on display from May 22nd through November 29th, 2014 at the Polk County History Center. Cash prizes will be awarded. Winners will be announced at the opening reception May 22nd.

All entries must be submitted in person at the Polk County History Center located at 100 East Main Street in downtown Bartow by MAY 3rd. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday 9am-5pm. For more information call 863-534-4386.

*Photographs must feature a museum, a monument, a historic building, a cemetery, or a local festival that is listed on the Polk County Heritage Trail. You can consult the History & Heritage Guide to Polk County brochure online at www.polkhistorycenter.org or you may contact the Polk County History Center to check the master list of historical sites.  

All entries must be submitted by MAY 3rd to the Polk County History Center located at 100 East Main Street in downtown Bartow. We are open Tuesday through Saturday 9am-5pm.

For more information call 863-534-4386.

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RULES AND REGULATIONS

1. Photographs must be the original work of an amateur photographer.

2. Photos must feature a museum, a monument, a historic building, a cemetery or a local festival. For additional ideas, you can consult the History & Heritage Guide to Polk County brochure or you may call the Polk County History Center at 863-534-4386 to check the master list of historical sites.

3. Only 2 image entries per contestant will be allowed.

4. PHOTOGRAPH MUST BE 8” X 10” AND MUST BE MOUNTED ON STANDARD 11” X 14” BLACK MOUNTING BOARD. MOUNTING BOARD MUST BE NO LESS THAN 3/16 INCH THICK.

 

5. Photo manipulation is acceptable but it should enhance, not distract, from the heritage theme.

6. The Polk County History Center reserves the right to disqualify photographs for inappropriate or offensive imagery. 


ROAD CLOSURE NOTICE
Portion of New Jersey Road to Close March 24th - April 11th



New Jersey Road (from Edgewood to Crystal Lake Dr) will be closed to traffic beginning March 24, 2014 through April 11, 2014 while utilities in the 
right of way are relocated and drainage work begins. The Signal at New Jersey Road and Sylvester will also be changing to an All-Red Flash mode in addition to stop signs being installed. This All-Red flash mode will stay in effect for a minimum of 90 days. 

This work is in preparation for the construction of New Jersey Trail project being funded by the Florida Department of Transportation. Updates and maps will be posted on our website http://www.lakelandgov.net/publicworks/PublicWorks/Projects/NewJerseyTrail.aspx


Public Meeting Notice
Lake Hollingsworth Drive Roundabout

The City of Lakeland has scheduled a Public Meeting regarding a proposed traffic roundabout and associated pedestrian and bicycle improvements at the Lake Hollingsworth Drive and Hollingsworth Road intersection.  The meeting will be held on Thursday, April 3, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Florida Southern College Thrift Building, located on Columbia Way (off of Lake Hollingsworth Drive), Lakeland, Florida 33801, adjacent to the Florida Southern College swimming pool area.

The meeting will be conducted in an open-house format beginning at 6:00 p.m.  A visual presentation will begin at approximately 6:15 p.m. and continuously loop throughout the meeting.  During the presentation, City staff and representatives from the study team will be available to discuss the project, receive input, and answer questions. Display boards and other visual aids depicting project concepts will be available throughout the meeting.

The public meeting is being conducted to present the results of the Alternatives Analysis study conducted by the City’s consultant of the traffic operations at the intersection of Lake Hollingsworth Drive and Hollingsworth Road; identify possible modifications to improve the operation of the intersection and associated pedestrian and bicycle improvements, and obtain input from elected and appointed officials, property owners/tenants, business owners/operators, and other interested parties. 

Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, handicap, or family status. Anyone requiring special accommodations pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 or persons that require translation services (free of charge) at the meeting should contact Mrs. Lana Braddy at lana.braddy@lakelandgov.net at least seven (7) days prior to the meeting. Study-related information may also be obtained by contacting Mr. Mark E. Wilson, P.E., Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. at (863) 701-8702, or by email to marke.wilson@kimley-horn.com or follow the City of Lakeland Public Works Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/fbcolpw .


Polk County Communities Recognized as Healthy Weight Community Champions

BARTOW- The Florida Department of Health has recognized the City of Lakeland, the City of Winter Haven, and Polk County as Healthy Weight Community Champions. Between November 2013 and February 2014, local governments were invited to submit best practice policies they have implemented to promote physical activity and improve nutrition in their jurisdictions. These “best practices” are exemplified by the Healthy Weight Community Champions.

 

“Efforts to improve health are often most effective at the local level and the Department wants to recognize the outstanding progress made by these communities to promote healthy weight,” said State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong.

“We are very proud of the work our local community leaders have accomplished to make Polk County a healthier place to live, work, and play,” said Dr. Ulyee Choe, FDOH- Polk Director.

Some of the best practices enacted locally include:

  • Sponsorship of low or no cost fitness related events
  • Pursuing healthy community design and complete streets policies
  • Supporting the development of community gardens
  • Including healthier alternatives in vending machines at parks and recreation facilities

    A full list of policy changes for each community is available in the attached document or online at www.mypolkhealth.net/announcments/healthyweight.

    Each municipality will receive their award at an upcoming public meeting. Communities will also receive personalized Healthy Weight graphics and promotional material.

    The Community Champions program is part of the Department’s Healthiest Weight Florida initiative. Healthiest Weight Florida is a public-private collaboration bringing together state agencies, local governments, not-for-profit organizations, businesses, schools, faith-based organizations and entire communities to help Florida’s children and adults make consistent, informed choices about healthy eating and active living.

    To learn more about Healthiest Weight Florida, please visit www.HealthiestWeightFL.com.

    For more information about the Florida Department of Health in Polk County please visit www.mypolkhealth.org.